Text Summary: West Station Reference Concept Design

 

Crosstown Overview

The Crosstown is a $5.3 billion project funded by the Province of Ontario. It includes a 19 kilometre east-west Light Rail Transit (LRT) from Kennedy to Mt. Dennis, including a tunnelled central section, as well as new transit connections to the Yonge, University-Spadina Subway, Scarborough RT, GO Stouffville line and a future connection to the GO Kitchener line. The Crosstown will have up to 26 stations.

Where are we in the process?

  • The Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) launch shaft is approaching completion
  • Soil testing is currently underway from Don Mills Road to Weston Road
  • The west tunnel contract will be awarded this summer
  • Conceptual design and requirements identification are underway
  • What’s next?

  • Utility relocation at station locations beginning with Keele Street in winter 2013
  • Construction of the TBM launch and extraction shafts at Eglinton West station
  • TBMs arriving on site this spring
  • Tendering of project

Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP)

The public-private partnership model has been underway in Canada for 20 years and has been used in 165 projects, including the Canada Line rapid transit project (Vancouver), Autoroute 25 in Montreal and the Trans-Canada highway in Atlantic Canada. In Ontario, AFP has been used for the Pan AM games athletes’ village, Ottawa Light Rail Transit, Highway 407 East Phase 1 and the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway (formerly the Windsor-Essex Parkway).

Owner’s Role Changes with AFP

Owner’s Role Changes with AFP

Advantages of AFP include:

  • Increased capacity to bring projects to market
  • Appropriate transfer of risk to the private sector to ensure “on time, on budget” delivery and offer value for money
  • Optimal cost combination: combines capital, maintenance and life cycle costs
  • Greater integration of design and construction

Metrolinx's Roles and Responsibilities include

Design

  • Overall scope (inclusion of maintenance, operations, etc.)
  • Project-specific output specifications (in collaboration with consultant team)
  • Real estate acquisition (in collaboration with the City of Toronto)

Build

  • Oversee construction phase
  • Quality assurance

Finance

  • Manage project budget
  • With Infrastructure Ontario, run a competitive procurement process; select the winning contractor

Maintain

  • Testing & commissioning (in collaboration with the Toronto Transit Commission)
  • Safety certification and project acceptance
  • TTC to Operate
  • Integration with existing TTC system

Light Rail Vehicles vs. Buses

Light Rail Vehicles vs. Buses

Approach to Station Design

All station designs for The Crosstown are guided by the following urban design principles:

  • Locate station entrances and vents to limit the amount of frontage impacted
  • Explore opportunities to consolidate and locate above grade mechanical vent shafts where their impacts on adjacent development can be minimized
  • Site station entrances and ventilation infrastructure with possible new development in mind
  • Locate primary and secondary entrances so that they can help to contribute to the creation of a consistent building setback
  • Minimize the impact of vents and other facilities through careful siting

Architectural principles for station design include:

  • Station and stop designs should reflect their civic role through high quality architecture and urban design
  • Logos, station names, and signage should be used boldly and consistently to reinforce station identity
  • Signage and way finding shall be highly standardized
  • Variation of treatments used to differentiate stations
  • Stations can embrace the local context through design or art installations
  • The Public Realm should be used as an opportunity to enhance user experience and integrate stations into their surroundings

Safety and accessibility principles:

  • Elevators will be included in all stations
  • Designated waiting areas will be included in all stations
  • Stations will use standard elements to make them familiar to passengers with accessibility challenges
  • Integrate crime prevention through environmental design principles into each station
  • Light colours will be used to improve safety and efficiency
  • Incorporate fully glazed station entrances to maximize light

Public realm elements include:

  • Implementation of streetscape, furniture, and tree planting standards
  • Widen sidewalks within station area
  • Stations entrances will be identified by a consistent pylon sign
  • Some stations will include landscaped plazas which will:
    • Compliment the design of the station
    • Include pedestrian level lighting
    • Include trees, hard and soft landscaping

Public art principles:

  • Stations will feature public art
  • Artwork will be integrated with architectural finishes or elements of the stations and plazas
  • Surface stops may also include public art

Reference Concept Design

  • Stations are shown as a Reference Concept Design (RCD)
  • Reference concept designs, or functional designs, are used in the AFP model as inputs to the development of the Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • The functional design is intended to identify the location of entrances, exits and ancillary station (ventilation) equipment
  • Functional designs are not intended to provide architectural details for stations
  • The AFP partner will be developing designs for the stations and these will be subject to public input

Stations

Keele Station

Keele Station: Plan view

Plan view: The above rendering shows where the main and secondary station entrances will be located for Keele station.

Keele Station: Profile view

Profile view: The above rendering shows a cross-section profile view of the Keele station concourse and platform.

Keele Station: Main entrance view

Main entrance view: The main station entrance will be located on the north east corner of Keele Street and Eglinton Avenue West.

Keele Station: Secondary entrance view

Secondary entrance view: The secondary station entrance will be located on the north west corner of Keele Street and Eglinton Avenue West.

Keele Station: Secondary entrance view

Secondary entrance view: An additional secondary station entrance will be located on the south east corner of Keele Street and Eglinton Avenue West.

Caledonia Station

Caledonia Station: plan view

Plan view: The above rendering shows where the station entrances will be located for Caledonia station.

Caledonia Station: profile view

Profile view: The above rendering shows a cross-section profile view of the Caledonia station entrance, concourse and platform.

Dufferin Station

Dufferin Station: plan view

Plan view: The above rendering shows where the main and secondary stations will be located for Dufferin station.

Dufferin Station: profile view

Profile view: The above rendering shows a cross-section profile view of the Dufferin station concourse and platform.

Dufferin Station: main entrance view

Main entrance view: The main entrance will be located on the south east corner of Dufferin Street and Eglinton Avenue West.

Dufferin Station: secondary entrance view

Secondary entrance view: The secondary station entrance will be located on the north west corner of Dufferin Street and Eglinton Avenue West.

Dufferin Station: utility view

Utility view: The utility buildings will be integrated with the existing streetscape on the south west corner of Dufferin Street and Eglinton Avenue West.

Oakwood Station

Oakwood station: plan view

Plan view: The above rendering shows where the station will be located for Oakwood station.

Oakwood station: profile view

Profile view: The above rendering shows a cross-section profile view of the Oakwood station concourse and platform.

Oakwood station: main entrance view

Main entrance view: The main station entrance will be located on the north side of Eglinton Avenue West at Oakwood Avenue.

Oakwood station: secondary entrance view

Secondary entrance view: The secondary entance will be located on the south side of Eglinton Avenue West at Oakwood Avenue.

Traction Power Substation

  • Traction power substations (TPSS) provide system power to light rail vehicles
  • For underground stations TPSS are integrated with stations buildings
  • They are planned with an average spacing of 1.5 km along surface sections and 2 km along underground sections
  • Integrated with adjacent landscape
  • Final locations still to be determined for:
    • Keele
    • Dufferin
    • Bathurst
    • Yonge
    • Bayview
    • Don Mills
    • Wynford
    • Jonesville
    • Warden